Since Joshi was a few months old we’ve been to a few Steiner playgroup sessions. Unfortunately we’ve missed so many of them because either he or both of us have been asleep or something else has made it impossible for us to leave on time. You can’t rush a six month old on the potty you know. They’re in the present moment and you can’t hurry poofection. Anyway, the ones we’ve made it to have been great. It’s not just about the kids having...

The night before we flew out on our first ever family holiday I looked up ‘travelling with a toddler’ in one of those baby books I’ve still not read.   The first thing it said is that if you’re planning on going on holiday with your toddler “either you have temporarily lost your mind or you don’t have a choice.”  It was easy enough not to take the author’s opinion on board because this particular author has other opinions...

I remember many years ago when I went backpacking, how all us backpackers would take photographs of the beautiful Asian children. I especially remember the children in Laos. They were always smiling and waving. Sometimes we would ask first before taking those photographs, but most of the time we’d just snap away as if we were at Disneyland. A couple of weeks ago in Bali, I got to experience it from the other side. I totally didn’t expect it – suddenly my son...

I booked our Bali holiday accommodation when Joshi was 5 months old. At the time I wasn’t assuming that he’d be walking by the time he was 1 yr old.  Had I’d known at the time that he would be, I may have spent some time looking for a more toddler-friendly place to stay. Does such a place really exist? Toddler friendly doesn’t just mean that the staff are friendly to your toddler. The whole environment needs to be conducive to you being able to at least...

I’ve always loved a neat and tidy home. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have one again.   I know I will, but for now our apartment feels as though everything’s completely upside-down most of the time. On Sunday Joshi turned 1. When he was 5 months old he started cruising (walking around while taking support of the furniture). And then last month he finally let go of the furniture and started walking, hands free! Now he’s all over the place … and so...

I feel incredibly blessed and grateful.  I feel blessed because when I became pregnant I somehow came across all the right people at the right time.  Ultimately this led to me being able to have the birth for Joshi that I wanted.  Joshi was born at home into a pool of water in the middle of our living room.  Yes, it was calm and peaceful and candle-lit and sacred chants were playing when he came out, but ultimately those things were just peripheral and really not imperative. ...

It probably all looks so lovely and cute to any unsuspecting outsider who’s never taken care of a newborn baby of their own, but the truth is – taking care of and responding to the needs of your little darling in those first 6 weeks may be one of the most stressful things you ever do.  It was for me. Now that Joshi is 11 months old things are so much easier. Not only have we had some practice at being parents, he’s also much easier to take care of.   So...

I’m so glad I persevered with breastfeeding, because for the past 4 months it’s been dead easy.  For the first 6 months it wasn’t.   One night Simon came home to find Joshi and I on the couch, crying.  I was in pain everytime he fed and he was feeding a lot.  As it turned out, I had nipple thrush.   I got it in the first couple of weeks only to have it disappear and then return again.  It was horrible.  Fortunately I only had mastitis once, which...

I don’t know what we’d do without Saturdays. Before I became a mamma I had no idea that sleep deprivation was going to be such a big part of the equation. Joshi is now 10 months old and waking anywhere between three and eight times a night.   Apparently that’s entirely normal and healthy, for Joshi.  During Joshi’s night-time wakes he usually just needs a wee and a small drink (of boobie milk) and then goes straight back to sleep, no fuss. ...

There’s no denying it – there’s something incredibly precious about being in the presence of a newborn baby. And so naturally, when your little one’s born, your friends and family will be longing to visit.  The only catch is, in those first few weeks, while you’ll be needing all the help you can get, a stream of excited visitors may be the last thing you want. We weren’t sure how we’d feel about an influx of visitors, but I suspected...

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